|Born||November 19, 1868|
|Died||September 16, 1937(aged 68)|
|Place of birth||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Rank||Chief Petty Officer|
World War I
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Stolen Medal of Honor
In 2003 an agent working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation was posing as a buyer when two people attempted to sell two Medals of Honor to him. One medal belonged to Blume and the other to United States Army First Sergeant George Washington Roosevelt who received his in actions during the American Civil War. Edward Fedora and his wife, were charged with violating , Unlawful Sale of a Medal of Honor. Edward Fedora, a Canadian businessman, plead guilty and was sentenced to prison, but there is no record of what happened to his wife Gisela.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 19 November 1868, Pittsburgh, Pa. Accredited to: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899.
On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the cutting of the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Blume set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.
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- "Defendants Charged With Conspiracy to Sell Several Congressional Medals of Honor". Press release. Federal Bureau of Investigation. July 9, 2003. Archived from the original on July 13, 2003. http://web.archive.org/20030713132447/www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel03/metal070903.htm. Retrieved March 14, 2010. [dead link]
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- "Honoring Our Veterans". Federal Bureau of Investigation. May 28, 2004. http://www.fbi.gov/page2/may04/052804medal.htm. Retrieved 2006-07-23.
- "Robert Blume". Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=2699. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
- "Robert Blume, Seaman, United States Navy". Arlington National Cemetery Website. June 11, 2008. http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/rblume.htm. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
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